Police are investigating as suspicious the death of a woman found Saturday night in a shuttered Samish Way motel, officials said.
The 32-year-old woman was found dead at the former Macs Motel, 1215 Samish Way, said Dr. Gary Goldfogel, the Whatcom County medical examiner.
Goldfogel called it a “suspicious” death.
“Autopsy was (Monday) and results are pending further law enforcement investigation, toxicology and additional lab studies,” he said.
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Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley said the woman’s body was found about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Beckley said she couldn’t comment on an active investigation.
Macs Motel closed in early 2016 because it wasn’t truly operating as a motel – it rented rooms to long-term residents and didn’t have a current state Department of Health license.
A June 2015 application for renewal was denied after an inspection showed several violations.